- By: Stephen Ford
Memento is a triumph: a thriller concerned with issues of identity and memory that confounds its audience and gives them a share in the mental state of its hero. Intimate photography, convincing performances, and a complex plot, laden with misperception and deceit, help to achieve this. The story is narrated back. wards, interwoven with a parallel, explanatory tale. Each scene offers half an answer, only for the next to refute it.
Guy Pearce plays Leonard Shelby, an insurance investigator determined to revenge his wife's murder by two intruders into his home. Shelby kills one of them, only for the second to deal him a blow leaving him brain damaged, unable to make new memories, but leaving his long term memory intact. Every event disappears from his mind after 15 minutes. Ironically, before the attack Shelby had investigated the insurance claim of a man, Sammy Jenkis, who claimed to have the